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Letter to Assembyman John McEneny about 6 Madison Place

Published on 3/26/2007

March 26, 2007

Hon. John J. McEneny
New York State Assembly
LOB 648
Albany, New York 12248

Dear Assemblyman McEneny:

On January 25, 2007, Pat Green, Dawn from your office, and myself met with representatives of the State Fire Administration concerning issues that arose following the August, 2005 fire on Madison Place which resulted in much damage to a fabulous block of houses in the First Ward. Two items of concern that came out of this meeting were: the existence of a disparity between the Multiple Residence Law (MRL) and the state fire and building code contained in the Executive Law; and the fact that the State Board of Review can grant variances exempting certain buildings from the law that requires fire escapes to be made of non-combustible materials.

It was suggested to Pat Green and me that it would be helpful if you could send a letter to the NYS Department of State, Codes Division, requesting that the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Council) look into the disparities between the MRL and the state fire and building code with the objective of amending regulations so that there is consistency between the two statutes. Along with this request, a second request of the Council would be for a ruling on either what percentage (40%?) of a multiple residence rehabilitation project would trigger the need for non-combustible fire escapes to replace combustible fire escapes and/or back stairways should they be present on the subject building. Or, what type of work being proposed for the rehabilitation project would be necessary to require the replacement of a combustible fire escape with a non-combustible fire escape.

A possible third regulation proposal would be to allow municipalities to impose stricter laws regarding non-combustible fire escapes if approved by the Council.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Dominick Calsolaro
Common Council Member – First Ward